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Data Weave

Very cool. I’ve been a fan of GLITCHAUS‘s work for years. (He’s been mentioned in a couple different versions of my “Knit One Compute One” talk.) I’ve just taken the opportunity to back this latest project, ordering a scarf woven with the binary from the ILOVEYOU virus.

Me: “…considering it was a formative experience in our relationship ☺”

Snookums: “You mean, you going to the pub while I helped fix it?”

Me: “exactly”

From amusement to existential angst

Actual things I typed to the Snook on chat while watching this video:

  • That is some excellent QWOP
  • That’s also how I run in my dreams.
  • 😂
  • LOL I love how the humanoid runs
  • Okay, that made me weirdly philosophical by the end

What can I say? I’ve become rather obsessed with 17776, and it’s giving me existential angst.

Eat Your Books

Unsolicited endorsement: Every Saturday I make a menu plan for the week*. As inputs, I go with our current fridge and freezer assets as well as whatever’s coming in the next Ooooby box. Then I use Paprika to find recipes that will use up the most perishable stuff first. Paprika’s great for organising your online recipes, and we keep our old iPad in the kitchen to cook from.

That said, last week I was looking at our bookshelf full of dead tree cookbooks and lamenting the fact that we rarely cook from them. “If only there was a database that I could search as easily as I do Paprika,” I said to the Snook. “Oh wait!” he said. “I saw something for that recently.”

Less than a day later we’d signed up for a year subscription to Eat Your Books and loaded our 40+ cookbooks into it. I was happy to see that just about all our books were already in there, and probably 85% of them were indexed. Once you’ve logged your books, you can search through the recipe indexes by ingredient, type of meal, etc. So handy! Already we’ve cooked from our books three times since: Neil Perry’s Persian-style lamb stew, Jamie Oliver’s Crispy Chicken, and Momofuku’s Brussels sprouts with fish sauce vinaigrette.

Highly recommended if you’re in the same situation…

* The Snook hates making meal decisions, so I make the list and assign him all the more labour-intensive dishes.

Transform the SF Clipper Card Into a Wearable

Tired of bulking up your wallet with several different credit cards, id cards, and transit cards? We found out a way to extract the key functional components from the Clipper Card, and mold it into a variety of wearable devices, including a small rubber plate, a waterproof aspirin band, and a breadboard bracelet.

Source: Transform the SF Clipper Card Into a Wearable: 7 Steps (with Pictures)

Ooh, that’s very cool! I wonder if it’d work with an Opal card??

Emission Spectra Scarves

In some versions of my “Knit One, Compute One” talk, I mention the Emission Spectra scarves that Becky Stern made back in 2010. Becky’s blog post links to PDF patterns for some common elements as well as an online pattern generator, but unfortunately these are all gone now. (Link rot, how I hate you.) However, to the rescue! Their 2015 snapshot of the post has captured the PDFs so you can still access them. Tungsten is definitely my favourite!

Tungsten Emission Spectrum Scarf

More photos available at Becky Stern’s Flickr photoset

Knit One, Compute One

Folks, I have now given versions of this talk twenty-one times. I reckon it’s about time to retire it, yes? Thankfully, the folks at Zendesk’s Software Art Thou meetup produced a wonderful video of the version I did last month in Melbourne, which is pretty much the “canonical” long version:

If you prefer the 5-minute taster, then the one I did at TEDx Melbourne last year is still the gold standard:

Marimekko’s pattern of progressive design – Curbed

Things I learned from this profile of Marimekko:

  • Marimekko is Finnish for “Mary’s Dress.”
  • The company is 94% female!
  • Their factory in Helsinki has a shop next door that sells discounted seconds with printing errors. 😳
  • As part of the company’s turnaround in the 90’s, the new CEO gave individual designers profit responsibility on their designs. Giving decision-making authority to the people doing the work seems to pay off whether in tech or in textiles!
  • “Early on, when Isola was making many of the company’s famous patterns by transferring her paintings to fabric, she would test them out in black and white before thinking about colors.” Good tip to keep in mind for my next sewing/knitting projects.

“When you see a colorway, you just know whether it’s Marimekko or not.” – Yep. I was lucky enough to score a pair of Marimekko Converse when I was in the US a few years back. They always draw compliments!

Daring Fireball: The Swiss Watch Industry Should Double Down on Mechanical Watches

Instead of getting into the computer business, traditional watch companies should focus on what they’ve always done: designing and making great mechanical watches — creating a breath of analog fresh air in an ever-more digitized world.

Source: Daring Fireball: The Swiss Watch Industry Should Double Down on Mechanical Watches

I totally agree! Rather than get a smartwatch, I celebrated my 40th birthday by buying myself an honest-to-goodness grown-up mechanical Swiss watch from Longines. It’s a beautiful work of art and engineering, and it’ll last me decades.

Bourdain on Money

Anthony Bourdain Does Not Want to Owe Anybody Even a Single Dollar | Wealthsimple

Nice overview of Bourdain’s approach to money. I like that he never really talks about retiring. I get the impression that he’s doing what he loves and it funds his lifestyle, and that’s good enough for him. That appeals to me.

I also found it interesting that writing books is the least lucrative of his activities. Turns out that corporate and promotional events is really where it’s at. Hmmm…

And lastly:

A friend said, “You live outside the country more than half of the year. Create a bogus residence in the Caymans and pay no U.S. taxes.” I’d feel like a shit doing that. I’m an American. I don’t want to be that guy. I don’t want to have those kinds of conversations.

Good on ya, Anthony. 👏


Squirrel Stuffed Toy PDF – Grainline Studio – Super cute little pattern. Very tempted. I think I’ve even got the materials to make it!